The volcanic islands of the Galápagos are an ecological wonderland home to an array of wildlife not found anywhere else. The birthplace of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, this World Heritage Sit still feels somewhat unspoiled by humans. Visiting the Galápagos is a one-in-a-lifetime experience—one that you should prep for with these recommendations.

(P.S. There are still staterooms available on Inspirato’s Galápagos Expedition 2019.)

Read: My Father’s Island: A Galápagos Quest by Johanna Angermeyer

It’s hard to believe this romantic tale is a true story. Author Johanna Angermeyer originally went to the Galápagos in an attempt to solve the mystery of her father’s tragic death. Her experience, though packed with danger, was so filled with joy and wonder that it led her to dream of living in the islands, just like her father.

Read this if you love memoirs, history, and mysteries.

Read: Galápagos: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut

In this zany novel set in the post-apocalyptic future, the human race has been wiped out, except for a small group of people who boarded a nature cruise in the Galápagos, where they are now stranded. Funny, dark, and satirical, this novel is really about adaptation—something the unique Galápagos ecosystem is all about.

Read this if you enjoy off-the-wall literature and irreverent humor.

Watch: Galápagos TV series

This three-part BBC nature documentary explores the natural history of the Galápagos Islands and their role in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Offering incredible footage of erupting volcanos, stunning vistas, and rare wildlife, the documentary allows you to observe natural selection in real time.

Watch this if nature documentaries give you goosebumps.

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